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Aluminum Wheel Reconditioning

PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2003 2:43 am
by Greg+2s
Iam looking at a set of original Elan aluminum wheels. They have some pitting on the surfaces . Does anyone know of a way to properly refurbish the wheels? Possibly media blast clean and seal with epoxy sealant and fill the divits with epoxy filler and then paint? What would be the value of the wheels AS IS in U.S. dollars? They would be purchased from Great Britan with the expense of shipping as an extra.
Greg Foster

Re: Aluminum Wheel Reconditioning

PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2003 1:33 am
by type36lotus
Hi Greg,

I have never had any wheels refinished, but Ye Old Wheel Shop has been advertising in Autoweek for as long as I have been a subscriber. You might want to give them a call and see what they say. 1-800-526-8260. No affiliation, never used them, haven't ever talked to anyone who has. Just a place for you to start. Good luck.

Mike Geiger
66 S3 Coupe'... the Esprit is gone :-(

Re: Aluminum Wheel Reconditioning

PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2003 11:40 pm
by cabc26b
Might wan tto try an aircraft process,

First use Aluma-dyne e2310 Phosphoric acid etch and brighter takas care of corrosion.
Then use Aluma-dyne 2300 Conversion cating - Chromic acid treatment ( formes passive oxide ( ceramic) film on surface.

or altenativley-
Alumiprep no 33 then alodine no. 1201

Last use

Aircraft epoxy primer .

ready for paint -